ISU women’s golf team heads into final tournament of the fall season

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Senior Prima Thammaraks practices a chip shot with head coach Christie Martens looking on.

Trey Alessio

The fall season is drawing to a close for the ISU women’s golf team as it gets ready for the Landfall Tradition.

“Everything we do is a progress to May. Every tournament has a special feel to it, especially the ones we always go to like this one,” said senior Prima Thammaraks, regarding the fall season. “But the approach is the same, and we’re ready to show them what we’ve got.”

Iowa State has high expectations going into its final tournament of the fall season. The Cyclones have placed in the top 10 in the last three tournaments they have played in, including a fourth place last week at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas.

“I have high expectations for our team. We’re really ready,” said senior Sasikarn On-Iam, who tied for 13th place in the last tournament with an overall score of 215.

The focus this week at practice — aside from the short game — was wedge shots from 125 yards and closer. The Cyclones have also been working on the mental aspect of the game.

“Practices have emphasized how shots that can hurt you, can also help you,” Thammaraks said. “We can’t lose sight and we have to focus on our scoring shots.”

Thammaraks recorded an overall score of 221 in Iowa State’s last tournament.

Sophomore Cajsa Persson is coming off a record-breaking performance last week where she recorded two consecutive rounds of three-under-par totals of 69. Persson is the only ISU player in program history to record back-to-back sub-70 rounds.

She is currently ranked 29th in the nation on Golfweek and is hoping to have continued success this week.

“I’m just trying to get better everyday, go out and have fun, and leave the tournament satisfied with my performance,” Persson said.

When it comes to playing in bad weather, the Cyclones have the edge, in Thammaraks’ mind. Iowa State expects some cold temperatures going into the event in Wilmington, N.C.

Iowa State has been to this tournament in the past and know what to expect from the course. With that edge, the team hopes to continue its goal of one team round under par.

Many of the players would also like to cut down on the bogies. The course in Wilmington is similar to Harvester in Rhodes, Iowa, where the women’s golf team practices, and it requires good short-game play.

“A win would be very nice to end the fall season,” Thammaraks said.

The Landfall Tradition runs from Friday to Sunday, Oct. 25 to 27, in Wilmington, N.C.